You Don’t Have to be a Phonetician to Pronounce English Words Correctly

By Mehnaz Hanzala.

Published by The Learner Collection

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English, having gained the status of the international language, is the predominant medium of instruction in most educational institutions across the world. It is thus spoken in innumerable accents, which is a natural linguistic reality; however, if a speaker’s pronunciation deviates from the standard accents to such an extent that speech becomes unintelligible, then it may result in the breakdown of communication, and at times, other serious and long-term consequences. Falling under the umbrella theme of “curriculum and pedagogy revisited”, this paper offers a shortcut to learning and teaching correct English pronunciation. This is achieved by sharing some well-received pronunciation teaching techniques focusing on the few symbols that stand between a struggling learner and good pronunciation. The aim of the presentation is not just to introduce learners to the fascinating science of speech, but also to share some useful tips that can help learners become self-reliant when it comes to mastering the great art of articulation.

Keywords: Articulators, Vowels, Consonants, Diphthongs, Triphthongs, Pronunciation

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 7, pp.327-336. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 805.944KB).

Mehnaz Hanzala

Senior Instructor, Centre of English Language , Institute for Educational Development, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

Mehnaz Hanzala is a senior instructor at Aga Khan University, Centre of English Language. She holds a first-class-first Masters in English linguistics from the University of Karachi. She was awarded a silver medal by the Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers for receiving a certificate of merit in the ICELT course from the University of Cambridge, UK. She has recently co-edited a book entitled Teaching English in Multilingual Contexts: Current Challenges, Future Directions, which has been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. She enjoys teaching grammar, vocabulary, and basic articulatory phonetics.


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